There are many ways to misuse medication. Unfortunately, abusing and misusing prescription drugs is more common than you would think. Whether you are abusing your own prescription, or taking someone else’s medication, misusing prescription drugs has dangerous consequences, and can even end fatally. Here are just a few of the dangers that come with misusing and abusing prescription drugs. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to prescription drugs, contact our drug rehab in NJ today!

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Health Problems

Abusing prescription drugs does not come without serious health consequences. Consequences and severity depend on the type of drug. Opioids can lead to changes in mood, decreased cognitive function, infertility and slowed breathing. Not to mention the chance of coma or death. Also, some stimulants in high doses can cause an increase in body temperature and abnormal heartbeat. There’s also a risk of cardiovascular problems and fatal seizures.


Some prescription drugs are already addictive. However, they are especially dangerous when misused. It’s not uncommon for individuals who abuse prescription drugs to become addicted. Soon, the individual will find themselves physically dependent on it. Also, they will need more and more of the drug to maintain the same high. Ultimately leading to a serious addiction.


The side effects of these drugs can affect your ability to drive. Which can lead to dangerous car accidents. Also, risks of injury, in general, is high, due to your judgment being impaired.

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If you are looking to get sober or need assistance with your recovery, contact the Discovery Institute today. Our mission is to provide you with treatment that gives you tools to achieve lifelong sobriety.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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